May 9, 2011
|Baylor (24-21) at TCU (33-14)
Tue., May 10, 2011 | 6:30 p.m. CST
Fort Worth, Texas | Lupton Stadium (3,500)
|Baylor (24-21) vs. NSU (19-29)
Wed., May 11, 2011 | 6:30 p.m. CST
Waco, Texas | Baylor Ballpark (5,000)
$1 Hot Dog Wednesday
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUP (2011 STATS)
BU: RHP Brooks Pinckard (4-2, 3.25 ERA, 23 BB, 28 K)
TCU: RHP Nick Frey (1-0, 6.52 ERA, 1 BB, 6 K)
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUP (2011 STATS)
BU: RHP Jon Ringenberg (2-1, 2.25 ERA, 11 BB, 15 K)
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Complete Game Notes
Baylor returns to action after an eight-day break when the Bears travel to Fort Worth for Tuesday's game against TCU, then return home for a game against Northwestern State on Wednesday. Both games are scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.
The Bears are coming off winning two of three games in a series at Nebraska, Baylor's first series win in Lincoln since the inaugural season of Big 12 play in 1997. Baylor clinched the series with a 2-0 win in the series finale on May 1. Brooks Pinckard started on the mound for the first time in his career in Big 12 play, allowing only two hits in 7.0 shutout innings. He's scheduled to start on the mound against TCU in a tune-up for his start on Sunday at Oklahoma State.
Jon Ringenberg is slated to take the mound for the Bears against Northwestern State. Ringenberg's current 9-1 career record gives him the best winning percentage in program history among pitchers with at least 10 decisions. Ringenberg will be pitching for the first time since throwing 2.2 innings of shutout relief at UTSA on April 26. Neither TCU or Northwestern State have announced starting pitchers for their games against Baylor.
All Baylor baseball games are broadcast live on Waco's 1660 ESPN Radio. Tom Barfield provides the play-by-play with Lark Smith adding color commentary. Live streaming audio and GameTracker also are available for all Baylor baseball games online at www.BaylorBears.com, the official website of Baylor Athletics and a member of the CBS College Sports Network.
TEXAS CHRISTIAN HORNED FROGS
Overall: Baylor leads 136-108
Waco: Baylor leads 70-42
Fort Worth: TCU leads 52-49
Neutral Site: TCU leads 7-1
Steve Smith vs. TCU: 17-20
NORTHWESTERN STATE DEMONS
Overall: Baylor leads 11-7
Waco: Baylor leads 8-4
Natchitoches: Northwestern State leads 3-0
Neutral Site: Baylor leads 3-0
Steve Smith vs. NSU: 8-7
BAYLOR: Steve Smith
Alma Mater: Baylor, 1986
Career Record: 612-408-1 (17th season)
Record at Baylor: 612-408-1 (17th season)
TEXAS CHRISTIAN: Jim Schlossnagle
Career Record: 415-195 (10th season)
Record at TCU: 338-148 (6th season)
NORTHWESTERN STATE: J.P. Davis
Career Record: 109-104 (4th season)
Record at NSU: 109-104 (4th season)
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BAYLOR VS. TCU SERIES HISTORY
Baylor is 136-108 in the all-time series against TCU. The Bears are 49-52 all-time against the Horned Frogs in games played in Fort Worth, and Baylor is 17-20 against TCU during head coach Steve Smith’s 17 seasons at the helm. Baylor dropped a 2-0 game to TCU on Feb. 22 in the Bears’ fourth game of the season. The teams split a pair of regular season meetings in 2010, with each team winning on its home field.
BAYLOR VS. NORTHWESTERN STATE SERIES HISTORY
Baylor is 11-7 all-time against Northwestern State, including an 8-4 mark in games played in Waco. Baylor is 8-7 against the Demons during the Steve Smith era. The Bears knocked off Northwestern State, 15-3, on April 7, 2010 in the last meeting between the teams.
BAYLOR LEADS NATION WITH FOUR ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT HONOREES
Four Baylor baseball student-athletes earned Capital One Academic All-District VI honors, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced May 5. Baylor was the only program in the nation with four selections in the University Division.
Chris Slater was named to the first team, while Kolt Browder, Steve DalPorto and Logan Vick earned second-team recognition. The four selections tied a program record set when Baylor placed four student-athletes on CoSIDA's academic all-district team in 1999, and the Bears have had at least two academic all-district honorees in six straight seasons with 16 total selections during that span.
With his selection to the first team, Slater is again eligible for Academic All-America honors. He was named a second-team Academic All-American last season, giving Baylor nine such honors since 1998. He'll have the chance to join Jason Jennings and Jon Topolski as Baylor's only two-time Academic All-Americans.
BRACKETOLOGISTS SAY BEARS WILL BE 12-FOR-14
Baylor is projected by numerous publications to make its 12th NCAA Regional in the last 14 seasons. Here's a breakdown of the bracketologists:
• SEBaseball (May 3 Projections) -- No. 2 seed in Fresno, Calif. (Fresno State) Regional
• College Baseball Daily (May 4 Projections) -- No. 3 seed in Fort Worth, Texas (TCU) Regional
• ESPN.com (May 4 Bracketology) - No. 3 seed in Tempe, Ariz. (Arizona State) Regional
• Perfect Game (May 4 Projections) -- No. 3 seed in Houston, Texas (Rice) Regional
• Baseball America (May 4 Stock Report) -- In as one of six Big 12 teams
• College Baseball Insider (May 6 Field of Dreamers) -- In as one of seven Big 12 teams
PINCKARD KEEPING PACE WITH 51 DIVISION I TEAMS
When NCAA baseball statistics were released on May 1, Brooks Pinckard was tied for fourth in the nation with 30 stolen bases. That total was at least as many as 51 Division I teams, including No. 4 South Carolina, No. 12 Southern Mississippi and No. 19 Oklahoma State.
Pinckard became the fifth player in program history with 30 or more steals in a season. He needs 10 more to tie Mike Robison (40 in 1991) for the single-season record at Baylor, and he needs 12 more to tie Kansas’ John Nelson (42 in 2000) for the Big 12 Conference single-season record.
CARDIAC CUBS WALKING OFF WITH WINS
Baylor has five walk-off wins in 2011 after recording only one such victory last season. Baylor's only walk-off win in 2010 came in its 50th game of the season, when Brooks Pinckard knocked a two-run single to clinch the Bears' spot in the Big 12 Championship by winning the series opener against Oklahoma State on May 21.
Baylor won seven games with runs in its final at-bat during the entire 2010 season, but the Bears have already scored the winning runs in their final at-bat in seven games in 2011.
• Jake Miller - 10th inning walk-off double vs. Oral Roberts (2/20)
• Max Muncy - 10th inning walk-off grand slam vs. Rice (3/6)
• Chris Slater - 11th inning walk-off single vs. Florida International (3/15)
• Josh Ludy - 9th inning walk-off single vs. Texas Tech (3/19)
• Chris Slater - 9th inning walk-off double vs. Kansas State (3/25)
• Jake Miller - 8th inning single vs. Kansas State (3/27)
• Josh Ludy - 10th inning triple at UT Arlington (4/12)
COMEBACK WINS IN BUNCHES
Baylor has come from behind to win 10 games in 2011, including overcoming a five-run deficit on March 15 against Florida International to give head coach Steve Smith his 600th career victory. The Bears trailed by multiple runs in eight of the 10 comeback wins.
• vs. Oral Roberts (2/20) - trailed 4-2 in bottom 7th
• vs. Rice (3/6) - trailed 7-5 in bottom 7th
• vs. Louisiana Tech (3/12) - trailed 7-5 in bottom 4th
• vs. Florida Int'l. (3/15) - trailed 6-1 in bottom 5th
• vs. Texas Tech (3/19) - trailed 2-0 in bottom 1st
• vs. UT Arlington (3/22) - trailed 1-0 in bottom 3rd
• vs. Kansas State (3/25) - trailed 4-2 in bottom 4th
• vs. Kansas State (3/27) - trailed 2-0 in bottom 5th
• vs. Texas (4/9) - trailed 1-0 in bottom 2nd
• at UT Arlington (4/12) - trailed 3-1 in top 6th
BOUNCE BACK BEARS
Baylor didn't lose consecutive games until its 25th and 26th games of the season. The Bears are 15-6 following a loss in 2011, and prior to dropping a pair of midweek games against UTSA and Lamar, the Bears hadn't lost consecutive regular-season games since losing a pair of games at Texas on May 1-2, 2010.
In fact, the Bears hadn't lost two in a row with both games at Baylor Ballpark in more than a year before dropping a pair of midweek games against UTSA (3/29) and Lamar (3/30). The last time that happened was when BU had a five-game losing streak from Feb. 27 through March 5, 2010. All five of those losses came against different teams, and the Bears snapped out of the losing streak by winning eight in a row.
Starting with that eight-game winning streak, the Bears have gone 34-15 on their home field, including an 18-6 mark in non-conference games.
WEEKEND SET SUCCESS
Despite losing four straight weekend series, the Bears have posted a winning record in eight of their last 13 regular-season weekends, including six of 11 weekends this season.
• 2-1 in three-game series at Texas Tech (May 14-15, 2010)
• 3-0 in three-game series vs. Oklahoma State (May 21-23, 2010)
• 2-1 in three-game series vs. Oral Roberts (Feb. 18-20, 2011)
• 2-1 in three-game series at Georgia (Feb. 25-27, 2011)
• 2-1 in three games at Houston College Classic (March 4-6, 2011)
• 4-0 in four-game series vs. Louisiana Tech (March 10-13, 2011)
• 1-2 in three-game series vs. Texas Tech (March 18-20, 2011)
• 2-1 in three-game series vs. Kansas State (March 25-27, 2011)
• 1-2 in three-game series at Kansas (April 1-3, 2011)
• 1-2 in three-game split-series vs. No. 8 Texas (April 8-10, 2011)
• 1-2 in three-game split-series vs. No. 5 Texas A&M (April 15-17, 2011)
• 1-2 in three-game series vs. Missouri (April 21-23, 2011)
• 2-1 in three-game series at Nebraska (April 29-May 1, 2011)
CONTINUITY IS KEY
Baylor’s starting lineup hasn’t changed much since the start of the season. The Bears have used the same player in nearly every game in six different positions, and Baylor has split the other two positions among two players. With the exception of left field, where an injury forced Logan Vick to miss 13 starts, the only position where the Bears have started more than two players at least five times is at designated hitter.
Joey Hainsfurther (24 starts) and Josh Ludy (21 starts) have split catching duties, while Chris Slater (13 starts) and Cal Towey (29 starts) have shared time in right field.
Max Muncy has started every game this season at first base. In fact, Muncy has started at first base in 104 of 105 games since the start of his Baylor career.
Steve DalPorto (33 starts) and Lawton Langford (11 starts) have manned second base, while third baseman Jake Miller and center fielder Brooks Pinckard have each started 37 games at their respective positions, and Landis Ware (42 starts) has manned the shortstop position. Vick started the first 80 games of his career in left field before a hamstring injury forced him to miss 13 straight starts. Slater (seven starts) and Dan Evatt (12 starts) join Vick (23 starts) in left field.
The Bears have used five different players in the DH spot: Ludy (19 starts), Hainsfurther (nine starts), Dan Evatt (11 starts), Josh Turley (three starts), Slater (two starts) and Pinckard (one start).
BEARS TOUGH TO BEAT IN WACO
Baylor is 35-17 in its last 52 games at Baylor Ballpark, including 18-6 in non-conference games.
The Bears had a 10-game winning streak in non-conference home games snapped when they lost the season opener to Oral Roberts. Before the streak was snapped, ORU was the last non-Big 12 team to beat the Bears in Waco when it took the opener of a four-game set on March 5, 2010. Baylor came back to win the remaining games in the series both times.
Five of Baylor's 17 losses in Waco since dropping the series opener to ORU in 2010 came in extra innings and/or were one-run defeats (vs. Kansas, 12-6 in 14 innings on 3/28/10, vs. No. 2 Texas, 4-2 in 10 innings on 4/30/10, vs. Kansas, 9-8 on 3/26/10, vs. Texas Tech, 6-5 on 3/18/11 and vs. Texas Tech, 10-6 in 10 innings on 3/20/11).
Despite going 1-5 in extra-inning games in 2010, Baylor is 24-15 in such games since the start of the 2003 season. Baylor was 4-1 in extra-inning games in 2009, 1-3 in 2008, 2-1 in 2007, 0-1 in 2006, 6-1 in 2005, 1-0 in 2004 and 5-1 in 2003. Baylor is 4-2 in extras so far in 2011.
The Bears won all four regular season games that went to extra innings in 2009, but fell to No. 2 national seed LSU 3-2 in 10 innings in the second game of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional.
Seven of the 24 wins over the past eight seasons have come on an opponent's home field (Arizona twice, Arizona State, Texas, Vanderbilt and UT Arlington twice). Four of the 24 wins were either neutral-site games or games at Baylor Ballpark in which the Bears were the visitor. Four of the 24 wins have come in postseason play, including two at the Big 12 Tournament and one at the College World Series.
Brooks Pinckard STOLEN BASE TRACKER
(BAYLOR RECORD BOOK)
||BIG 12 CAREER
||Mike Robison, 1991
||Mike Robison, 1988-91
||Eric Nelson, 1997-99
||Mike Robison, 1990
||Matt Trozzo, 1991-94
||Anthony Hensley, 1999-00
||Matt Trozzo, 1994
||Jon Topolski, 1996-99
||B. Pinckard, 2009-pres
||Anthony Hensley, 2000
||Mike Bohny, 1991-94
||Jamie Bubela, 1999-00
||B. Pinckard, 2011
||Anthony Hensley, 1999-00
||Chase Gerdes, 2004-07
||Anthony Hensley, 1999
||Eric Nelson, 1996-99
||James Blair, 1997-98
||Jaime Bubela, 2000
||B. Pinckard, 2009-pres.
||Ben Booker, 2006-09
||Matt Trozzo, 1993
||Tony Huey, 1984-87
||Jon Topolski, 1997-99
||Jack Stubbs, 1992
||James Blair, 1996-98
||Seth Fortenberry, 2003-06
||Trent Weaver, 1989
||Chase Gerdes, 2004-07
||Raynor Campbell, 2007-10
||James Blair, 1998
• SERIES: Baylor is 136-108 in the all-time series against TCU, including a 49-52 mark in Fort Worth.
• SERIES: Baylor is 11-7 all-time against Northwestern State, including 8-4 in games played in Waco.
• Baylor is the only program in the nation to have four players named to the CoSIDA Academic All-Distrcit teams in the university division. Chris Slater, Steve DalPorto, Logan Vick & Kolt Browder were honored.
• Baylor is in the middle of a stretch with eight of nine games on the road. The Bears are 9-7 on the road this season after going 5-12 in road games in 2010.
• Baylor is projected to make its 12th appearance in a NCAA Regional in the last 14 seasons.
• Baylor is 35-17 in its last 52 games at Baylor Ballpark, including an 18-6 mark in non-conference games.
• Baylor hasn’t grounded into any double plays in 19 games away from Baylor Ballpark this season.
• Baylor is 72-for-89 stealing bases this season and the Bears’ 80.9% success is second in the Big 12.
• Baylor has turned 41 double plays this season and the Bears have only been doubled up 19 times.
• The Bears have hit 19 home runs in their last 17 games after hitting only 7 in the first 28 games of the season.
• Baylor has hit 18 home runs in Big 12 play, two more than any other team in the conference.
• Baylor is 23-3 this season when scoring four or more runs in a game and 1-18 when scoring three or fewer.
• The Bears are 15-6 following a loss during the 2011 season.
• Baylor won a series at Nebraska for the first time since 1997, giving the Bears bookend wins in the first and last Big 12 series against the Cornhuskers; the home team had won the series in 10 of 11 meetings in between.
• Baylor has come from behind to win 10 games this season, and the Bears have seven last at-bat wins.
• Baylor has five walk-off wins this year after recording only one walk-off win during the 2010 season.
• Baylor had won six straight regular season weekend sets before dropping the series finale against Texas Tech in 10 innings. Baylor has had a winning record in eight of its last 13 regular season weekends.
• Baylor is 24-15 in extra-inning games since the start of the 2003 season, including 4-2 this season.
• Baylor currently has a .974 fielding percentage, which would break the program record (.973 in 2006).
• Eight players on Baylor’s roster have been selected in previous MLB Drafts, tied for third-most in the Big 12.
• Baylor head coach Steve Smith recorded his 600th career victory when Baylor beat FIU on March 15.
INDIVIDUAL QUICK HITS
• LHP Crayton Bare has pitched in 16 games out of the bullpen in 2011 after pitching in just four games in 2010.
• Bare has allowed only six runs in 19 career relief outings.
• Baylor is 7-3 on the season in games started by RHP Trent Blank.
• Blank earned the win by allowing one run over 5.1 innings at No. 5 Texas A&M (4/16).
• Blank allowed one run in 5.0 innings at No. 8 Texas (4/10), but he did not factor in the decision.
• RHP Kolt Browder has allowed eight hits and struck out 13 in 10.1 innings over 12 relief appearances (.216 OBA).
• 2B Steve DalPorto has started 33 of Baylor’s 45 games at second base and three times at shortstop in 2011.
• DalPorto had his career-long hitting streak snapped at eight games in the middle game of the Texas Tech series (3/19).
• Freshman RHP Trae Davis picked up a pair of wins pitching out of the bullpen in the season’s opening weekend.
• Davis is third on the team with three wins and all three of his wins have come in relief.
• RHP Max Garner missed all of last season due to a medical issue that forced him to withdraw from school, but he has made 21 relief appearances in 2011. He leads the team with 21 appearances and 36.0 innings pitched in relief.
• Garner recorded his first career save by pitching 3.2 innings of one-hit, shutout relief with 4 Ks vs. Louisiana Tech (3/10).
• Garner picked up his first career win by working scoreless 8th and 9th innings in the series opener vs. Kansas State (3/25).
• Garner earned his second save by stranding the tying and go-ahead runs in a win over No. 8 Texas (4/9).
• Garner picked up his third save by working 3.2 innings of one-hit shutout relief with four strikeouts at No. 5 Texas A&M (4/16).
• Garner notched his fourth save (third in Big 12 play) vs. Missouri (4/22), just one day after pitching 2.2 innings of relief.
• Garner recorded his fifth save (fourth in Big 12 play) with 2.0 shutout innings in 2-0 series-clinching win at Nebraska (5/1).
• Garner has allowed only five earned runs over his last 18 relief appearances totaling 29.2 innings (1.52 ERA).
• C Joey Hainsfurther moved from third base to catcher for the 2011 season. He had never caught a collegiate game before, but has started behind the plate in 24 of Baylor’s first 45 games this season. The Bears are 15-9 when he starts behind the plate.
• Hainsfurther reached base safely eight times in the Kansas series, drawing four walks with three hits and a hit-by-pitch.
• Hainsfurther tied the Bears’ game vs. Rice (3/6) in the Houston College Classic with a two-run triple in the 7th.
• C Josh Ludy has started behind the plate 21 times and as DH in 19 games.
• Ludy had the Bears’ first four-hit game of the season and hit game-winning RBI triple in 10th inning at UT Arlington (4/12).
• OF Wes Mercurio hit the first pitch he saw in 2011 for a three-run pinch hit homer in the series finale at Georgia.
• 3B Jake Miller had a 10th-inning walk-off double in the series finale vs. Oral Roberts (2/20).
• Miller has started 37 of 45 games at third base this season.
• Miller hit what would prove to be a game-winning RBI single in the 8th inning of the series finale vs. Kansas State (3/27).
• Miller had his career-long hitting streak snapped at seven games in the series opener vs. Texas Tech (3/18).
• 1B Max Muncy has started all 45 games at first base and hit either second, third or cleanup in every game.
• Muncy Big 12 overall ranks: 14th batting average (.320), t-9th walks (28), 10th on-base percentage (.423).
• Muncy Big 12 ranks (conference games only): 6th batting average (.358), 8th hits (29), t-4th home runs (4), t-10th runs (15), t-7th total bases (48), 3rd walks (14), 3rd on-base percentage (.458), 5th slugging (.593).
• Muncy reached base safely in 19 straight games overall and 21 straight Big 12 games before going 0-for-4 vs. Missouri (4/23).
• Muncy’s 10-game hitting streak in Big 12 games was the seventh-longest by a Baylor player over two Big 12 seasons.
• Muncy’s two-run homer provided the game’s only runs in Baylor’s 2-0 series-clinching win at Nebraska (5/1).
• Muncy had a run-scoring hit to tie the game in the bottom of the first in all three games of the Texas Tech series.
• Muncy had multi-hit games and had at least one RBI in all three games of the series at Georgia.
• Muncy’s 10th-inning walk-off grand slam vs. Rice was BU’s first walk-off HR since Raynor Campbell on Feb. 27, 2007.
• Muncy’s six RBI vs. Rice were the most by a BU player since Aaron Miller had six vs. Illinois on Feb. 29, 2008.
• RHP Dillon Newman has pitched 23.0 innings over 10 relief appearances, averaging 2.30 innings per game in relief.
• Newman has allowed five runs over his last 21.2 innings of work (2.08 ERA). He made his first career start vs. Lamar (3/30).
• CF/RHP Brooks Pinckard has been named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award preseason watch list.
• Pinckard is t-4th in the nation with 30 steals. He’s 10 shy of the Baylor single-season record (40; Mike Robison, 1991).
• Pinckard made his first career start on the mound and got win at UTSA (4/26): 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 K.
• Five days after making first start on mound, Pinckard allowed two singles in 7.0 shutout innings in 2-0 win at Nebraska (5/1).
• Pinckard ranks fifth on Baylor’s all-time saves list with 16 career saves.
• Pinckard hit a game-winning homer in the seventh inning of the second game vs. Oral Roberts (2/19).
• Pinckard has never grounded into a double play in 443 career at-bats.
• Pinckard is 59-for-65 stealing bases in his career and his 59 steals are seventh-most in program history.
• Pinckard has started 37 games in center field and once as DH and has hit leadoff in 29 of 38 starts.
• RHP Jon Ringenberg (9-1 career record) has taken only one loss in 35 career appearances, including 17 starts.
• Ringenberg is the program’s current career winning percentage leader [.900; 9-1] (min. 10 decisions).
• OF Chris Slater is one of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award (one of two from Big 12).
• Slater was named Big 12 Player of the Week (3/14) after having four consecutive three-hit games.
• Slater’s walk-off double in the series opener vs. K-State (3/25) was his second walk-off hit this season.
• Slater also hit a walk-off single to beat Florida International in 11 innings on March 15.
• Slater accounted for half of Baylor’s 10 extra-base hits during the week of March 21-27 (four doubles, one triple).
• Slater accounted for half of Baylor’s 10 extra-base hits during the week of March 21-27 (four doubles, one triple).
• Slater hit an inside-the-park home run vs. Texas Tech (3/19), the first by a BU player since Seth Fortenberry on April 9, 2006.
• RF Cal Towey Big 12 ranks overall: t-11th walks (27), 8th on-base percentage (.424).
• Towey Big 12 ranks in league play: t-4th home runs (4), 9th slugging percentage (.559).
• LHP/DH Josh Turley has taken only four losses in 38 career appearances.
• Turley has pitched into the seventh inning in four of his last six starts after doing so only once in first 32 career outings.
• Turley became the first Baylor pitcher to beat Texas in Waco since 2005 when he allowed three runs in 8.0 innings on April 9.
• Turley hit a pinch-hit double in his first plate appearance of the season in the series opener at Georgia.
• RHP Logan Verrett was named to the Golden Spikes Award preseason watch list, one of six Big 12 players on the list.
• Verrett tied a Baylor Ballpark record by striking out 14 in a complete-game one-hitter vs. Louisiana Tech (3/11).
• Verrett took a tough-luck loss after allowing only two unearned runs in a complete game at No. 5 Texas A&M (4/17).
• Verrett was named Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Week and National Player of the Week (3/14).
• Verrett earned Houston College Classic All-Tournament honors after his win vs. Houston; 6.2 IP, 1 ER, 7 K.
• Verrett ranks eighth in program history with 234 career strikeouts and 4th with 137 career strikeouts in Big 12 play.
• Verrett currently holds the Baylor record for strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.90).
• Verrett is third on Baylor’s career strikeouts per nine innings list (9.73).
• Verrett is 11th in the Big 12 with 71.1 innings pitched and seventh with 73 strikeouts.
• LF Logan Vick missed 13 starts with a hamstring injury, snapping his streak of 80 consecutive games started in LF, but he returned to start at UT Arlington (4/12) and hit a home run in his second at-bat of the game.
• Vick reached base safely in his first 40 career games at Baylor Ballpark.
• Vick has drawn 82 walks in 93 career games; he’s taken multiple walks in a game in 24 contests.
• When leading off an inning, Vick has a .457 on-base percentage for his career (69-for-151).
• SS Landis Ware is Baylor’s most experienced player with 175 games played and 156 career starts.
• Ware has started at shortstop in 42 of Baylor’s 45 games in 2011.
• Ware earned Big 12 Conference Player of the Week honors after going 7-for-10 in the Houston College Classic.
• Ware led off the bottom of the 10th with a double and scored the winning run vs. Rice (3/6).
• Ware was selected to the Houston College Classic All-Tournament Team.
Baylor heads back out on the road to wrap up a stretch of eight out of nine games on the road. The Bears travel to Stillwater, Okla. for a three-game series against Oklahoma State. The series will be the Bears’ last regular season road games. Baylor wraps up the 2011 regular season with a midweek game against Dallas Baptist on May 17 and a three-game series at Baylor Ballpark against Oklahoma from May 19-21.